The chief of the ascendent political party was the real ruler.
That man is ascendent now, does not, in the light of experience, mean necessarily that he will by any means remain so.
Outside of his official duties his passion for work again gained the ascendent.
So called because astrologers looked towards the east or ascendent.
To know the right time, it was necessary to observe the ascendent (see note to l. 1268).
But at this Abe's prudence deserted him, and righteous wrath rose to the ascendent.
He was persuaded that the party of the new temper, the men who may fairly be called the Vindictives, were lords of the ascendent.
Horoscopo; in horoscopo, within that part of the sky considered as the ascendent, A. ii.
Under Cyrus they became the ascendent power in Asia, and maintained their ascendency until their conquest by Alexander.
From then on, she was steadily in the ascendent, not only in John Galbraith's good graces, which was all of course that mattered.
late 14c., ascendent, astrological use is earliest, from Middle French ascendant (noun and adjective) and directly from Latin ascendentem (nominative ascendans), present participle of ascendere "to mount, ascend, go up" (see ascend). Sense "moving upward, rising" is recorded from 1590s. In the ascendant "ruling, dominant" (not, as is often thought, "rising") is from 1670s.